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The original objective of ERA-NET in FP6 was to to step up the cooperation and coordination of research activities carried out at national or regional level in the Member States and Associated States through a single action to support:

  • the networking of research activities conducted at national or regional level, and

  • the mutual opening of national and regional research programmes. The scheme will contribute to making a reality of the European Research Area by improving the coherence and coordination across Europe of such research programmes.

The scheme enabled national systems to take on tasks collectively that they would not have been able to tackle independently. Both networking and mutual opening require a progressive approach. The ERA-NET scheme therefore had a long-term perspective that must also allow for the different ways that research is organised in different Member States and Associated States.

List of ERA-NET projects


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